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Couch to 5k set to return in January

Active Sefton has announced that its hugely successful Couch to 5k programme will be returning in 2018.

 Taking place every Monday and Wednesday, from 6-7pm, at Litherland Sports Park, the classes will run for 10 weeks from January 8.

 The free sessions are perfect training for those looking to prepare for a summer running event and will help attendees slowly build up to running 5K at their own pace. Classes are drop in, drop out but it is recommended that runners take part in as many as possible.

The sessions are all held under floodlights making them a great way to take up running in the winter months when evenings are darker.

 At the end of the programme all runners will be invited to take part in the Crosby Park Run on Saturday, March 17.

 Running has many health benefits, including improved heart and lungs; and when combined with a healthy diet can result in weight loss. A more active life style is also known to improve mental health and can act as a great stress reliever.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Taking part in Active Sefton’s Couch to 5k is a great way to get fit, especially if you’ve over indulged during the festive holidays.

 “As well helping to get you in shape, the programme is also a great way to meet new people and make links with the local community. Good luck to everybody who decides to take part, and most importantly have fun!”

 For more information about Couch to 5k, contact Active Sefton on 0151 934 2340 or email

Warhol to Walker: American prints from pop art to today

This Spring Warhol to Walker: American prints from pop art to today a British Museum Partnership Exhibition comes to The Atkinson, Southport.

A revolutionary and enduring change in the production, marketing and consumption of prints took place in the 1960s.

Inspired by the monumental, bold and eye-catching imagery of post-war America, a young generation of artists took to printmaking with enthusiasm, putting it on an equal footing with painting and sculpture, matching their size, bright colour and impact.

The growth of an affluent middle class in urban America also opened a booming market for prints that was seized upon by enterprising publishers, print workshops and artists.

Focussing on modern and contemporary American printmaking, this exhibition features nine key works from the British Museum’s print collection.

The exhibition opens with the bold image making of three of the greatest printmakers from the Pop period: Warhol, Johns and Rauschenberg, whose work took varied inspiration from the mass media consumer society of 1960s America.

The progress and creativity of printmaking through some of the most dynamic and turbulent years in US history is followed right to the present day, with prints by a relatively young African-American artist Kara Walker, and the recent work of one of the giants of the field, the octogenarian Jim Dine.

This exhibition follows the major British Museum exhibition The American Dream: pop to present, sponsored by Morgan Stanley and supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, which traced the creative momentum of American art over the past six decades using more than 200 works by 70 artists.

Warhol to Walker: American prints from pop art to today is on display at The Atkinson from Saturday 13 January – Saturday 10 March 2018. The exhibition is FREE admission.

Consultation on Sefton Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

Sefton Health and Wellbeing Board are required by law to produce a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) every three years, and to make sure that it is available for comments on before it is finalised and published.

The pharmaceutical needs assessment describes pharmacy provision in Sefton together with when and where these are available.  NHS England also uses the PNA when considering applications to open a new pharmacy, move an existing pharmacy or commission additional services from a pharmacy.

The key outcomes for this consultation are:

  • To encourage constructive feedback from a variety of stakeholders and professional bodies.
  • To ensure that residents and professionals provide opinions and views of what is contained within the PNA.

The draft PNA can be found by accessing this link on Sefton Council’s website.  If you require a paper version of the PNA, please contact Steve Gowland on 0151 934 3070.

To comment and feedback there is also a short response form to complete which can be via this link.  Alternatively you can respond formally in writing to the above return address using this form.

All feedback will be considered and the PNA steering group will decide on behalf of the HWB which sections of the PNA need amending.  A consultation report will be included within the final PNA document.

This will provide an overview of the feedback received and set out how comments have been acted upon.  An updated PNA including the consultation process and responses will be presented to the Health and Wellbeing Board in March for final publication from April 2018.

The closing date for this consultation period is 18th January 2018

First port of call to stop smoking

Smokefree Sefton’s partnership with Peel Ports to improve staff health and wellbeing is proving to be a success.

Many staff members work shifts including nights so Smokefree Sefton, managed by Solutions4Health and a partner of Living Well Sefton, have brought their support to the Bootle and Seaforth docks on board their new Wellness on Wheels (WoW) bus.

Colette Kearney, team leader, explained:

“We contacted Peel Ports because we realised it was difficult for workers to access our stop smoking clinics. Using the WoW bus means we can go to them instead. It has been well received with both men and women coming to see us for support in quitting smoking. Many of them have not accessed our service before.”

Steve, a Living Well Sefton mentor with the May Logan Centre, also hitches a ride to offer blood pressure checks. As a result of this collaboration, one woman has successfully stopped smoking and the blood pressure check indicated it was high so the team signposted her to her GP who changed her medication accordingly. The team also identified a man with high blood pressure who sought advice from his GP.

The team from Smokefree Sefton, which is commissioned by Sefton Council Public Health, can visit your workplace or community venue with their Wellness on Wheels bus. To find out more details contact Colette on 0300 100 1000, and for how the other Living Well Sefton partners can support you, visit:

Help yours-elf to stay well this winter  


THE festive season is now upon us and your local NHS in Sefton is offering residents advice on how to stay well this winter and avoid those nasty winter illnesses.

Winter is an exciting time for many, but this time of the year can pose problems for our health and wellbeing, especially for people with a long-term condition and those people aged over-65. Cold and wet weather, ice, snow and windy conditions all play their part in making existing health conditions worst and making people vulnerable to picking up winter illnesses such as colds, sore throats, asthma, norovirus and most commonly the flu.

Help is at hand though, by being prepared, thinking carefully and knowing how to examine your options in Sefton.

Dr Andy Mimnagh, chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“Everyone wants to enjoy themselves at this time of the year, but a winter bug can dampen any spirits.

“The best advice that I can offer is to be prepared, if you are entitled to a free flu vaccination then make sure you get it, visit your pharmacist to ensure that you have the right at home medication, order your repeat prescriptions using Patient Access well before the bank holiday rush and make sure that you have plenty of food stocked up at home, just in case we are visited by some nasty weather.

“It’s also really important to make sure that we look out for not only family and friends, but also for any elderly neighbours as well, those who may struggle to get out of the house this time of the year, to ensure that they have everything that they need.

“If you are unlucky and get poorly, knowing what to do and where to go for your specific medical need, will ensure that you have a speedy recovery.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, Southport GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“It is vital to remember that the ambulance service and A&E should not be used as an alternative to your GP if your surgery is closed.

“If you or your children require medical assistance outside of normal surgery hours this bank holiday, patients in Southport and Formby have access to a wide range of alternative health services available including GP out-of-hours services and pharmacists who are qualified to offer advice and treat common, everyday illnesses quickly and conveniently.”

For up to the minute information on where to go if you fall ill during the bank holiday, visit your local CCG’s websites, as well as their Twitter and Facebook pages, or visit Examine Your Options:

Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options

Across the region there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.

Pharmacy Services

Several pharmacies will be open throughout the Christmas bank holiday period and the best way to find out which pharmacy is open and when is to visit your CCG’s website and check out their Twitter and Facebook pages for on the day updates.

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can also help you to self-care and prepare for many common winter illnesses and offer advice on which medicines to keep in stock at home.

Whilst all pharmacies provide advice and treatment for a range of minor illnesses and ailments, a number in Sefton offer Care at the Chemist, which ensures our most vulnerable patients who don’t routinely pay for their prescriptions have free and easy access to over the counter medicines they may need without the need to see a doctor.


 You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies in your local area by visiting This useful website also includes a handy symptom checker.

NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. A GP will be available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays (local GP practice times may vary). If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery.

If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at: or call 0300 77 77 007.

GP Out of Hours Service

If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary.

It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.

For more information please visit

Urgent Treatment/Walk-in centres


Litherland Walk in Centre is open 8am – 8pm every day including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. No matter where you live in Sefton you can simply drop in – there is no need for an appointment and all ages can get treatment here. The service treats minor illnesses and injuries that do not need a visit to accident and emergency (A&E). Remember A&E is for serious and life threatening illnesses or injuries. 

Litherland walk in centre is based in Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Rd, L21 9JN. Call 0151 475 4667.

Patient Access

Manage your repeat prescriptions and make GP appointments from the comfort of your own home, without having to venture outside, by using the new FREE Patient Access website and smartphone app. Simply search for ‘Patient Access’ in the app store.

Remember though, if using Patient Access for the very first time, you will first have to contact your GP practice so that you can register to use the app.

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